Through the Gambling Control Division, the Department of Justice regulates all forms of gambling in Montana, except for the Montana Lottery and horse racing. The legislature has charged the Division with maintaining a uniform regulatory climate that is fair and free of corrupt influences. The division is also responsible for collecting gambling revenue for state and local governments. Under Montana law, businesses must have an alcoholic beverages license before they can conduct certain gambling activities, i.e., live card games, sports tab games, and video gambling machines. The Division also serves as a point of contact for many liquor licensees and applicants.
Montana law mandates strict regulation. Division staff seek to balance this requirement with providing responsive service to the businesses and citizens we regulate.
The Gaming Advisory Council (GAC), created in 1989, advises on public policy matters related to gaming, including: amendments to the gambling statutes, additional or modified departmental rules, clarification of existing rules, and operation of the Gambling Control Division. The Gaming Advisory Council submits a report to the Department of Justice that is a part of the GCD Biennial Report prepared for the legislature.